This level 3 course will nurture students into the exciting world of the employer-employee relationship, which many Oxford College students will relate to on both a professional and/or personal level. It will provide an insightful yet interesting dive into the characteristics of employment contracts, unfair dismissal claims, wrongful dismissal claims, redundancy, breach of contract, discriminatory in the work place, employee rights and ever developing European Union regulations impacting on UK domestic laws. It will explore the rules that regulate and underpin our relationship with our employer and when difficulties arise, what remedies and options are available for the involved parties. It will provide a detailed foundation for further studying in area of law and/or human resources through studying 10 modules.
The area of employment law is said by many lawyers to be one of the most rapidly changing and dynamic areas within the English Legal System. Since the United Kingdom joined the European Union in 1973, our membership has changed the face of employment law and in conjunction with social policy developments; the employment law world has seen a shift to rebalance the powers and rights between both employer and employee.
Having knowledge of employment legislation can enhance your ability to identify breaches and redress situations amicably. It will also be suitable for those who support fellow employees at disciplinary hearings and employment tribunals, such as work place union representatives or union officials. Alternatively, it will suit any one (employer or employee) to gain more knowledge of the difficult world of employment law.
Students will develop skills in analysing clauses, terms and conditions of employment contracts, they will understand the basic legal concepts of right and responsibilities owed and given to both the employer and employee and develop their problem-solving skills by identifying relevant facts, legal principles and solutions.
This course will be suitable for those with little or limited knowledge of the law around employment. It can be taken as a standalone course or may contribute towards a professional career in the human resources or law sector. Students can then move towards studying a higher qualification in law, such as a BTEC or law degree or towards a professional qualification, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (www.cipd.co.uk)
Module 1 – The UK Legal System and Employment Law
This is a great unit for the complete beginner and a refresher to those with some knowledge of employment law and the principles of the English Legal System. As an introduction module, module 1 will assess the mechanics of our complex legal system; it will introduce you to the world of common law, equity, primary and secondary legislation, the doctrine of precedent and the impact of European Law. This will provide you with the foundation for studying further law courses and the remaining course.
Module 2 – What is a Contract and why it is important
The cornerstone of any employment contract is the ‘contract’ element. But apart from being an agreement in principle, in the eyes of the law, what is a contact? This module will dive into the formation of contracts which covers the i) offer, ii) acceptance and iii) consideration elements of the contract. Who can have a contract, what rights are implied into a contract, what is the difference between being full-time, part-time and agency? What is a subcontract? Finally, when you sign your name on a contract, what are you actually signing? What rights do you have? What rights are afforded to you? This is an exciting module and you will read a range of law which shapes the employment contract we all some to know today.
Module 3 – Contents of the Contract of Employment
Here we look in fine detail at the actual employment contract, what duties you owe to your employer and what rights are afforded to you by your employer and the State (called implied terms). You will assess the legal concept of mutual trust and agreement between employer-employee, observation of reasonable order from your employer, restriction on trade secrets, the common law duty of negligence, vicarious liability and your employer’s duty to provide work. This can be a challenging unit, with many legal concepts to understand, but some areas will be new to you.
Module 4 – Termination of the Contract of Employment
Aside from ‘handing in your notice’ what does this mean in practice? You will assess the common law on dismissals and what it means to be unfairly dismissed in law. You will look in detail as the restricted areas which an employer can terminate your contract and you may be surprised to learn the limited scope of options available to an employer and the degree of evidence needed. This unit will be of particular interests to those who wish to learn more about the process of your employer terminating your contract and when they have lawful authority to do this.
Module 5 – Redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings
This can be a challenging unit for those who have gone through or know someone who has gone through this process; it can be a difficult and challenging times. What does it then mean to be made redundant? How does an employer work out your redundancy payments? What laws have judges made (common law) around this area to protect you and protect your employer? Alternatively, you may have gone through a transfer to a new employer, so what is a TUPE and how does European Law assist or hinder this process?
Module 6 – Remuneration and hours of work
What is a wage? What are lawful deductions from your payslip and what happens when you get overpaid or underpaid? This area of the module looks at payment for your working service, annual leave, rest periods between working hours and paid annual leave. It will also touch on maternity payments and is an interesting area on its own.
Module 7 – Discrimination within the employment relationship
What does the law afford you as an individual in terms of your age, race, sex or religion? What are your rights as a disabled individual and what happens when your employer breaks the law? This is a complex unit and now covered under the Equality Act 2010, this is an extremely interesting area of employment law and you will learn a lot of law on the protection of employees within this module.
Module 8 – Health and Safety within the workplace
Often floated as a barrier within the workplace, the dreaded “health and safety” section. However, the law offers you a high degree of safety when working, and if things go wrong, where does liability end up? You will learn about your duties as an employee and your employer’s duties to you. This module will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on health and safety law within employment and can be an interesting area of law on its own.
Module 9 – European Dimension
What impact has our membership of the European Union (EU) had on employment law in the UK? Well, a lot, is the short answer. This module will take you through the formation of EU law, how it is made and the types of EU law and how it applies to the UK. Does it have automatic effect or does Parliament have to enact it as law?
Module 10 – Collective aspects of employment law
The final module in this course concludes with a review of trade union law; such as picketing, industrial action, conflicts and bargaining. It also assesses the law on breaches of contracts, what remedies and actions are available to parties and a review of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its impact on protecting or hindering employment contracts, Finally, you will also briefly study the interface between criminal conduct (criminal law) and when it may enter into your conduct at work.
All students must be 16 years of age and above.
Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.
Approximately 20 hours per unit
Final online multiple choice examination.
Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.
Diploma in Employment Law
This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.
The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
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The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.
The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.
They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.
Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.
Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 August, 2009.